In the heart of Boston’s historic Back Bay neighborhood, a residential skyscraper like no other is rising. Designed to complement the neighboring Christian Science Plaza—a designated historic landmark—the new tower is an excellent example of how developers and architects can quickly respond to the strong demand for housing within our cities while creatively showing respect for a historic urban setting.
The 60-story One Dalton Street tower represents a significant addition to the Boston skyline, in terms of the luxury living it brings to the city as well as the aesthetic impact of its unique design. The 742-foot structure—soon to be New England’s tallest residential building—will feature 184 private condominiums positioned above a 215-room luxury hotel. The architectural landmark’s soft triangular form will require 70,000 cubic yards of concrete to build and will reveal its residential floors through incised bay windows, a unique reflection on Boston’s historic residential architectural heritage.
According to Mike Curtis, president of G&C Concrete, the demanding construction timeline for the project requires the completion of two floors each week. “One of our greatest challenges was finding the ideal high-performance concrete solutions that would help us improve productivity and accelerate placement schedules,” he said. “We needed high-strength, self-consolidating concrete mixes that would flow easily through and consolidate around congested reinforcement in the core walls and the uniquely tapered perimeter columns, as well as an advanced high-early strength concrete for the floor slabs that would allow us to remove the formwork in a short amount of time.”
To meet the challenging performance criteria and speed up pouring work on the heavily reinforced columns and walls, G&C Concrete is relying on high-strength Agilia® self-consolidating concrete mixes, which are custom-designed to achieve optimal flowability and workability, as well as the various strength requirements of the project without the need for vibration. Additional advantages of using the advanced Agilia® technology include superior non-segregation properties for greater structural integrity and high-quality architectural finishes on the exposed surfaces of each floor’s 24 perimeter columns.
To achieve the accelerated construction goals of each floor’s 11,500-square-foot slab, Aggregate Industries is supplying an innovative quick-setting Chronolia® concrete for all 60 stories of the building. Designed with a proprietary blended cement mix containing silica fume and fly ash, the Chronolia® concrete product achieves a rapid specified strength gain of 3,500 psi in only 24 hours.
For G&C Concrete, the customized Agilia® and Chronolia® mixes are the ideal high-performance solutions needed to meet the demanding speed of construction and quality goals for the One Dalton Street project. “Due to the Agilia® product’s superb self- consolidating properties in the heavy-rebar applications, there is no need for vibration, and the surface finish on the columns is nice and smooth, which is a huge benefit in terms of labor requirements and time savings,” Curtis said. “The Chronolia® concrete product is also performing up to speed and making a strong contribution to our success by hitting its specified high early-strength consistently and allowing us to strip out the forms early.”